The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Environmentalists worry that Florence will leave behind a toxic mess in North Carolina

President Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of the storm, The Associated Press reported. Cooper said first responders have reported rescuing and evacuating more than 2,200 people and about 575 animals.

More lagoons were at risk of overflowing in the days ahead, state data showed, including 30 that are filled to the brim with waste and water, and another 25 with zero to three inches of space to spare.

The weather service has issued flash flood warnings and watches for more than a dozen counties.

In the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, which has struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, only about 50 residents remained on Tuesday, Fair Bluff Police Chief Chris Chafin told Reuters. "Do not become complacent", the city of Fayetteville and Cumberland County said in a statement.

Florence has demolished rainfall records.

The untreated wastewater entered North Buffalo, a tributary of the Cape Fear River basin. We love you. We miss you.

North Carolina officials said even though the sun is shining in parts of the state, major flooding is continuing in the aftermath of Florence and is expected to worsen in some areas.

High winds brought down trees and damaged homes.

Others got a case of bottled water or military MREs, or field rations. An olive-green military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies. Mike Sprayberry, director the state Division of Emergency Management, says FEMA officials have been in the state for days looking at housing options for the displaced.

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South Carolina's governor plans to meet with top Department of Defense leaders to discuss the state's response to Florence.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC are expected to fly on Air Force One with Trump.

O'Shaughnessy is Commander of the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Conway's city administrator told the AP that the South Carolina Department of Transportation told city officials that the damming effect of the barrier would be negligible, and that if the river crests as high as is expected, almost 1,000 homes will be flooded either way.

McMaster flew over parts of the state Monday in a National Guard helicopter, observing areas already experiencing flooding from Florence.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned SC on Wednesday "water is coming your way" in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, as the death toll from the massive storm rose to at least 36 after two women were swept away in a sheriff's van.

The storm has resulted in the deaths of at least 32 people, 26 in North Carolina, according to Gov. Roy Cooper.

In Wilmington, population 120,000, workers began handing out supplies using a system that resembled a fast-food drive-thru: Drivers pulled up to pallets lining a street, placed an order and left without having to get out.

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